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we want to begin with breaking news in the south bay, just off highway 17 in scott's valley. this is an area often affected in bad weather situations. tonight, a rock slide has trapped several families inside of their homes. >> you're looking right now at the video of that 200-foot-long pile of rock and mud, slid down a hillside around 2:00 this afternoon. it left a 30-foot-deep pile covering nelson road near sky meadow lane. this is in the area of scott's valley in santa cruz county. two dozen families say they can't get in or out of that area. public works say they won't be able to reach those people until maybe tomorrow. now, crews are surveying the ing us now byma joining us now by phone is one of the residents in this area, pattdavis. she is in along meadow nepa, s y made doe lane. s patty, can you hear us? >> caller: yes, i can. >> tell us how this happened this afternoon. could you hear this rock slide unfolding? >> caller: no, we couldn't really hear the rock slide
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unfold, but we heard the road was blocked. my roommate tried to go down the driveway and was turned around. and it was some trees and rubble that was covering the road. and by 2:00 something this afternoon, it was just this mass that you see now on your -- from your helicopters. it's quite -- it's big. >> patty, let me ask you to turn down your tv or anything you have like that, because we're getting some feedback. tell me, is this the main road that you go in and out of scott's valley, because your home is west of 17, is that correct? >> reporter: yes, it is west. and i don't have any power, and only thing i have is a direct wall line, so i don't know where the interference is coming from. >> okay. is this the main road that you use to get in and out of your house? you have no other way to get out of that area? >> caller: there is no other way. this afternoon i went with some of the other folks and we tried to go up a back trail that connects the western road, but it's very muddy and you need to have some severe four-wheel drive -- tires on your
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four-wheel drive to get through. >> patty, has emergency crews contacted you and how you're going to get through the next several hours if you cannot get out of the home? >> caller: no, they have not contact us. most of us here are pretty self-sufficient, we have generators, so we can take care of ourselves for a while, but, you know, they're saying that we're going to be without power -- there's people that have been down talking on the road saying that we could be weeks without power or at least a week without power. >> did you lose your power this sunday during that storm in the area? >> caller: we lost it initially saturday night at 10:30 and it came on at about 5:00 yesterday. and then this happened. one of the power poles was actually part of, i think, the sky meadow lane downside -- there was a power pole down there, i watched it sway this afternoon when the power went out. it just kind of dropped and came back up. but it was connected to this slide. >> so what is your plan for the next few days?
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because your area looks a little rural in the sense, or are you connecting with other neighbors to formulate a plan? do you have enough stuff to just make do the next couple of days? >> there are some of us up here -- i have been cert trained and we know how to hunker down. there's an elderly couple up here, the woman is a stroke victim, and if possible, i know that she has to be evacuated in an emergency. >> well, patty, we wish you and your neighbors the very best. we'll keep an eye on your situation and we hope that it clears up quickly in the next few days and we do wish you the best in the next few hours. >> caller: we hope it's over with soon. >> thank you for sharing your story. >> that's in scott's valley off of highway 17. as patty was saying, they are used to situations like this, so they are somewhat prepared. but hopefully it will be sooner than later that this situation gets resolved. so this rock slide adding to the mix of wild weather around here. we have several reports tonight.
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marianne favro joining us from the lexington reservoir near los gatos. but first, jeff ranieri is tracking this storm. >> that's right. we have two more storm systems heading our way. those people in scott's valley are going to have to deal with a lot over the next five ds. that could even make the situation worse. we could bring you informas. interst interstate 5 tornado north of sacramento that hamorning.t or 3:morning. hat tornado warngat h th picture.e.ur isely an ef-1 tornado, maybe even an ef-2, just looking at the width of this. it's a little bit larger than what sacramento normally sees if they do end up getting a tornado. and this is on top of the tornado we had in santa rosa, that ef-1 on friday. let's get a look at the radar loop. you can see, as we headed into 4:00, that storm cell was still existing, but it was right there at 3:15 that it crossed right near interstate 5. and no reports of any damages or injuries coming in to us.
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we're monitoring kcra, our sister station in sacramento. otherwise, isolated rain and hail in gilroy. and also areas of rain down into scott's valley, where we just saw that rock slide. and some of these wind gusts did top 60 miles per hour down in the south bay, in the santa cruz hills. los gatos had a 67-mile-per-hour wind gust this weekend, hoping to knock out that power. and wee seen anywhere from 1 to 3 inches a of rain. more i on the way with twore moe systems this week. santa cruz mountains could see an additional 4 to 5 inches of rain. i'll have more on the timeline, coming up. >> all right. thank you, jeff. our helicopter working overtime now. you saw it over scott's valley with that rock slide. and now, also, in the north bay, our chopper this morning in tiburon, where high winds caused at least a dozen boats to break away from their moorings. this was at strawberry point. and these boats crashing into the shore. the coast guard saying it's pollution control team placed a boom around two motorized boats because of a fuel spill.
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but so far, no spills have been detected. the owners of the boats have been contacted. well, the south bay's water supply for the coming year does look promising and you can thank these recent storms that we've been having. nbc bay area's marianne favro is live at lexington reservoir with a record level report card to tell us about tonight. >> reporter: jessica, three reservoirs in santa clara county are full and spilling over. lexington reservoir you see behind me is closed. it is now at 97% of capacity. and people are out here watching to see if it will start spilling over soon. i can tell you that this recent storm surge has dumped 2.5 billion gallons of water into the county's ten reservoirs. at first glance, fred had no idea this reservoir in los gatos was at 107% of capacity. until he checked out the other side of the dam. seeing this water rush downriver sparked some concerns. >> just making me think about our flood control, if we're set
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up for extreme situations. >> reporter: a few miles away, lexington reservoir is almost at capacity. a recent project to replace outlets here is helping prevent flooding. >> the outlet before could only release 70 cubic feet per second. now, today, we're releasing 400 cubic feet per second. that's how we're able to keep the reservoir from spilling over today, because we're able to use that outlet fully. >> here's a look at five other reservoirs in the santa clara valley water district. stevens creek is at 87% of capacity. almaden, 75%. guadeloupe, 71%. coyote, 98.6%. and chesbro, just over 100%. >> this is a good pattern for us. this is a good year, where the reservoirs are just about full, right at the end of the rain year. so that means we have all that water that we can use during the summer, during the fall, until the rain comes again next year. >> reporter: even though full reservoirs are dousing drought
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concerns, we're still wasting water for the future. anderson dam must be kept at half its storage capacity because of quake safety concerns. fortunately, this season, enough reservoirs are filling up to keep our water supply flowing. i just talked to a park ranger and he said that in about 2 more feet, the water will start coming over the spillway here at lexington reservoir. the water district says it does not anticipate any threats of flooding at any of the county's reservoirs. reporting live at lexington reservoir, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> that's good news for the reservoirs in the south bay. now for skiers and snowboarders, this is not your typical spring skiing. winter is over, but the snow continues to fall. the latest storm has dropped up to 8 feet of powder in some places and some resorts. some new records now at several ski resorts. boreal resort got 18 inches in the past 24 hours alone. north star reported 52 inches in
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this past week. and hempbly reported 61 inches over the last several days. all that snowea mns extended skiing seasons. great for business and for everyone seeking the snow. >> some of the things we waned to do yesterday with the whiteout conditions we couldn't, like snowmobiling or dogsledding, but we're hoping to get out skiing every day we're here, because there won't be any snow left in pennsylvania when we get back. >> but there'll be plenty of snow in our local mountains. caltrans says 11 snow blowers are currently working i-80 from truckee to colfax to help keep the roads safe and clear for travelers. well, that amount of snow dropped in the sierras, jaw-dropping, 600 inches, those numbers have been topping. >> but with all the snow comes the traffic nightmare. mike thatsel is knee-deep isn't the snow. >> we're standing in king vale, look at the amount of snow
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that's on the ground. what does that all mean for digging out? take a look. from small to medium to large, every size and every type of equipment is working nonstop to dig out the sierra right now. >> it's at the point now, our blowers aren't blowing over the top. to give you some perspective as to how much snow is on the ground, i'm standing in the driveway. that right there, that's the banister to the second story balcony. look at this! this is a home in serene lakes. the roof completely buried in snow. >> i'm over it. i'm over it. >> reporter: there is so much digging out to be done for this past winter storm system that caltrans had a fleet of 11 giant snow blowers working interstate 80 alone. caltrans estimates it was moving 50,000 tons of snow every single hour. how much snow are you blowing an hour? >> one machine, the bigger ones are 5,000 tons of snow an hour. >> reporter: it's so much snow
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to deal, this sierra resident admitted he's doing more than crying uncle. >> i might just quit, give the house up. i don't know. >> reporter: back here at king vale, you can see the amount of snow lining the side roads here in the sierra. the bottom line, because we've seen even more snowfall today, with 5 to 7 feet of snow out of this winter storm system, if you're coming to the sierra, be prepared for some tricky travel. it's a lot of snow on the ground up here in the sierra. in king vale, i'm mike thatsel, now back to you. >> we're following the story on nbcbayarea.com. you'll find upo the minute conditions and you can send us your best storm pictures. jeff's also got a closer look at the storms moving in just in a few minutes. not just our weather hns, but the big trial getting underway today. eight years and tens of millions of dollars later and the time is finally here. the beginning of the barry bonds trial. today, the tricky task of jury selection. the former giants star is facing charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a grand jury about using steroids.
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nbc bay area's traci grant now covering this trial. she joins us from the federal courthouse in san francisco. traci, yes, it's finally here, but what stood out for you today, whether it's from the transcripts or just bond's arrival or departure? >> reporter: well, it was interesting, actually, the way they went about choosing these jurors. it's a big commitment for these jurors, because the first estimate was two weeks. now it's four or five. these hand-picked jurors will be very familiar with this courthouse by the time this trial is over. the attorneys told us that they were looking for the jurors who were the least familiar with the court system and with this case. >> the process was impeccably fair and i look forward to trying the case starting tomorrow before this jury. >> reporter: but seating this jury wasn't easy. first, jurors spent last thursday filling out 20-page questionnaires to determine how much they already knew about the barry bonds perjury case and whether they had developed opinions.
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this particular trial has been in the making for four years, but the charges actually stem from testimony this former san francisco giant gave in 2003 grand jury investigation of bay area laboratory cooperative. the investigation led to a well-publicized steroid scandal in the sports world and congressional hearings. jurors had to explain what they knew about any of that, whether they had family or friends with substance abuse problems, if they ever played organized sports or attended giants games over the last five years. both sides acknowledge that two things were most important for jurors to remember. this trial is not about whether barry bonds actually you'd steroids, it's about whether he lied about it. and the only information jurors are allowed to listen to and consider is the evidence presented in the courtroom, nowhere else. >> these people are going to be the true experts in this case. and they need to be that and we want them to be that. >> reporter: the jury ended up come pricing eight women and
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four men. only two appeared to be minorities. in addition, the two alternates are both minority and female. >> i think it would be borderline disrespectful for me to say well, we had so many men or so many tall people or so many red-haired people. that's not how we're looking at this. >> reporter: as usual, the prosecutors didn't talk to reporters today. they'll be kicking off opening statements tomorrow. the best line of the day came when a prosecutor asked a woman if she'd ever bought any sports memorabilia. he admits that she once bought a baseball jersey. he asked her what team, and she said, well, the oakland as. the entire courtroom erupted with laughter, no one quite as loudly as barry bonds. live in san francisco, traci grant, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, traci. still ahead at 6:00, another important trial that's taking place here in the bay area. you're going to hear from the family of slain journalist chauncey bailey as the first day of the trial of his alleged killers begins. and also, california getting
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ready for the next big one. state experts giving their answers today.thde bay area dappepened to the bay area durining an earthquakes big as the one that hit japan. ur
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okay. here i go in 140 characters. happy birthday, twitter. the san francisco messaging service sent its first tweet five years ago. it now has 140 million users. >> well done. now you just need a twitter account, and we can move forward. elsewhere in the tech world, a huge telecom merger has a lot of mobile phone users wondering, will my signal get any better? >> scott budman is here with one company's plan to dial up the competition, scott? >> if you get a phone now, that's what we'll do, we'll follow jessica on twitter. it is a company famous for splitting up because it stifled competition. nearly three decades and a ton of deals later. at&t is again gigantic and today
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it announced plans to get even bigger. the mobile world is getting bigger each day, but the mobile business could soon get smaller. at&t says it will buy fellow carrier t-mobile for $39 billion. this could be good news if you're a t-mobile user. you can now buy yourself that iphone you've been lusting after. also for you, at&t customers who have struggled with sketchy reception. >> it's going to mean about 30% more cell sites that customers can access. so that means more coverage, more capacity, and people are going to see a lot better wireless mobility. >> reporter: but at&t snatching up a rival company, a bit ironic, given this was the company once forced by the government to break itself up. >> in a sense, you are coming full circle. you had the idea of deregulation was to have, you know, dozens of companies competing. but the reality is, because of infrastructure and costs and all these other things, that was
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never going to be a reality that would work. >> but you'll remember, there were no cell phones, there was no texting, there was no portable e-mail. >> reporter: in fact, the focus these days is not on the carries, but on the devices themselves and what we can do with them. >> what people really are moving towards is being connected all the time, anywhere they happen to be. and wireless is the way you do it. >> reporter: more mobile gadgets, just fewer companies to power them up. we also had a lot of people ask, does this mean we're going to see yet another change in the name of the giants' ballpark? no, we won't. at&t is the company doing the buying. not a name changer. if the deal does go through, the ballpark will still be called at&t park. just what you wanted to hear on a gloomy monday, home prices are near a nine-year low. that's according to figures just released by the national association of realtors. and existing home sales took a
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big hit in february. however, as we know in the bay area, national figures don't always reflect what's happening in our neighborhoods. nbc bay area's kris sanchez join us now with what local buyers and sellers should be expecting. kris? >> consider this, jess, that the national median house price is about $150,000, and we know you can't buy anything for that around here. the median price for our nine-county region is more than that national average, more than double, about $340,000. so it is important to keep those national numbers in perspective. if you're looking for high ceilings, a marble kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a realtor says don't let news spook you out of buying locally, even when the national association of realtors says prices are the lowest they've been in nine years. >> i don't think those numbers mean anything to us. >> reporter: mary ann wallace says it's not a buyer's market,
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but it can be your market if you're ready to make an offer when you find a good deal. >> when i have a very well-priced listing, i would say, out of 10, 12 offers, at least 50% of them are all cash. >> reporter: last summer, wallace showed us this home in a san jose neighborhood, priced at $490,000, it sat. >> three days later i reduced it for $398 and i got multiple offers and sold it for more than a thousand over the list price. >> reporter: zilo's estimated market value of this town house is $315,000, $100,000 less than the sale price. what that doesn't reflect, great schools and the recent sale of a similar unit for $632,000. this is priced below what the last one sold, so that's a very smart move to do. trying to get it priced a little bit below the market so that you can attract the buyers and they
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know that they're getting a good deal, maybe a tiny bit under market value. >> reporter: while the housing headlines may be depressing, at the end of the day, if you are a seller, you just need one buyer and the market just needs to be right for them, not for the entire nation. another reason that pricing is so important, borrowing money is much more the difficult than it used to be. if you don't price right, you risk putting your buyer in the position of having to come up with the difference between your sale price and the loan they can get from the bank. we move our attention now to japan. the disaster in japan has served as an important reminder and warning for earthquake safety here. today, lawmakers in sacramento heard an expert predict what a 9.0 earthquake would do to california. at a senate hearing on earthquake preparedness, the state geologist claimed in the next three decades, the chance of northern california getting hit by a quake similar to the northridge quake is 63%. the northridge quake was 6.7 in magnitude. that's what a 9.0 quake could do could be devastating.
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an earthquake of these mag attitudes could be devastating to an area such as los angeles or san francisco, because they are fully developed infrastructures with a very dense population. earlier earthquakes in these areas were less devastating because of the lack of population. >> now, he went on to say that a magnitude 9 quake in northern california could send 20-foot tsunami waves through crescent city. think about that. those are waves much higher than those which destroyed the harbor back on march 11th. all right. let's turn our attention now to meteorologist jeff ranieri. he's been watching what's been going on outside. jeff, we have just been battered by one storm after another, and we're starting to see the effects with these rock slides and these roads that are giving way. >> definitely, jessica. two more storm systems heading our way. in fact, i'm calling it march weather madness. while we do have that going on in the sports department, it's been a whole different story
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here throughout most of march at this point, as we've seen plenty of extremes here from the north bay down into the south bay, as we have had certainly some tornado reports and also some strong to heavy rainfall as well. i'm going to have to send it back to you guys. we're going to work out some issues with my computer and i'll be back in a little bit. sorry about that. >> okay, thank you, jeff. well, the two men accused in the killing of an oakland journalist in court today. a story that rocked the bay area, straight ahead. we hear from chauncey bailey's . today at recath today at pa thjae nese nuclear facility. we'll be right back. ja
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because everyone deserves a lifetime. and welcome back to nbc bay area news at 6:00. we are back with our latest look at weather and as we mentioned earlier, we're calling it march weather madness, where we did have that ef-1 tornado? santa rosa on friday. then the water spout in ocean beach. and then also, our sacramento tornado today. no reports of any damages or injuries from that. meanwhile, today, we had scattered rainfall, even reports
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of hail in the south bay and temperatures in the 50s. and as we look at the radar right now, we're mainly dry from the north to the south bay with conditions in the low to the mid-50s. however, we are watching our next storm system just offshore. it's a rather strong area of low pressure that should bring us some rainfall here as we head throughout tuesday night and then an additional storm system for thursday as well. a quick look at our temperatures as we start off tuesday at 5:00 a.m., low 40s. as we transition into the afternoon, we'll start to see some warming and we are watching out for the possibility of some isolated flooding this week. i'll have more on the timing, coming up. >> okay, thank you, jeff. well, we want to give you some good news here. nbc bay area and comcast proud to announce the latest total of our fund-raising drive for japanese relief. so far, our bay area viewers, you, have given more than $768,000 to help the people in japan devastated by the earthquake and the tsunami. and good news is you can still donate by phone. you can call our phone bank at
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415-529-1322. 100% of the money that you give will go directly for japanese relief. now, let's talk about the latest in the nuclear crisis in japan. officials are still working to restore power and cool those reactors at the damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, but they're facing more unforeseen obstacles, including the cloud of smoke that rose from two units today. emergency workers were forced to evacuate the plant for a time. when power is restored, officials say the cooling systems should bring the temperature back to a safe level and that could occur within a day. u.s. regulators say although reactors at unit one, two, and three have seen damage to their cores, their containment structures are holding. now, the crisis in japan sparked debate around the world about the value of nuclear energy. is it worth the risk? today, some of the brightest minds in the bay area weighed in. we'll bring you their thoughts coming up in just a little white at 6:30. still ahead at 6:00, his murder stole the front page of newspapers across the bay area.
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>> i'm jodi hernandez in oakland where two men charged with ia lfigolly totr l. finally go to trial. i'll have a live report, coming up. in
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well, more than three years after a bay area journalist was shot and killed on the streets of oakland, two of the men charged with the crime are going to trial. >> let's bring in nbc bay area's jodi hernandez who was in the courtroom as the trial got underway. she joins us in oakland with the details. jodi, a lot of people paying close attention to this trial as it gets under way. what do you have? >> reporter: raj, the prosecutor wasted no time in diving right into the graphic details of the killing. she called the evidence in this case voluminous and she says she is confident this jury will convict both men of first-degree murder. >> it's like opened up a sore, a wound all over again. this happened over 3 1/2 years ago, and here we are, here today. >> reporter: chauncey bailey's brother hopes justice will finally be served in the
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cold-blooded killing of the oakland post editor, a well-respected journalist gunned down as he walked to work in downtown oakland in august of 2007. >> we feel that justice will be served and that we're praying for everybody. >> reporter: the prosecutor says yusuf bey iv, the former leader of the now defunct bakery ordered the killing. the prosecutor says bey told co-defendant antoine mackey and the trigger man, devaughndre broussard that bailey needed to be stopped. >> my hope at the end of the day is that the jury finds the case hasn't been proven and it gets released. >> reporter: bey and mackey's attorney says that their star witness in the case, devaughndre broussard, incumbent believed. broussard agreed to testify against the pair in exchange for
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pleading guilty and serving a sentence of 25 years. >> he's very inconsistent. he's lied before. he's lying again. he's completely inconsistent with his tale and i think the jury's going to see he's a liar. >> reporter: but bailey's family thinks the jury will do what's right. they know bailey would have wanted the truth, uncovered. >> if chauncey was still here, he would be one of your reporters sitting here, trying to cover the scene also. and i think it's very important for us to get this out, showing that we need to stop killing each other. >> reporter: now, the men aren't just being tried for chauncey bailey's killing. they're being tried for killing two other men in 2007. a man that the prosecution says was targeted simply because he was white and the uncle of a man who shot and killed -- who killed yusuf bey's older brother in 2005. so this jury is going to have a lot of testimony and a lot of evidence to look and consider. this trial is expected to last three months.
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reporting live in oakland, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jodi. well, the teen accused of planting a 2009 bombing attack at a peninsula high school testified today that he never thought twice about his deadly plot. 18-year-old alexander youshock is charged with two counts of attempted murder and other charges in that attack. the attack was thwarted when a teacher tackled him. the defense has argued that youshock is schizophrenic. the prosecution argues that youshock was sane enough at the time to premeditate his assault. if found guilty, a second trial will be held to determine his sanity. the san jose man accused of murdering his girlfriend's 6-year-old son has pleaded guilty to murder. in 2007, 37-year-old samuel corona allegedly punched and stomped oscar jiminez jr. in front of the boy's mother. the couple was then accused of burying the body in concrete
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outside an apartment in phoenix, arizona. in exchange for his plea, corona will spend the rest of his life in prison. he will be sentenced on june 10th. six people hurt when a muni metro plane collided with a big rig in san francisco's dog patch neighborhood. investigators say that big rig t-boned the muni light rain around 10:00 this morning. it happened near the intersection of 3rd and 23rd near cesar chavez. now governor jerry brown is taking the budget war to youtube opinion. >> this is a matter of we the people taking charge and voting on the most fundamental matters that affect all of our lives. so let me know, let your legislators know. would you like the chance to cast the vote or would you feel it's appropriate to shut out the people of california? >> brown released his first-ever youtube video, calling on lawmakers to let voters decide how to deal with the state's $26 billion shortfall.
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brown says the legislature has solved only half the problem after making billions of dollars in cuts. now the governor is trying to get support for a june ballot pressure to extend temporary taxes. >> let's turn things over to jeff ranieri. he says we need to brace ourselves, because what you saw today and over the weekend, the tip of the iceberg for us. >> we are tracking two more storm systems, at least, in the workweek. hope you enjoyed some of the sun os had today. e temperatures in the mid- to upper 50s. thteaf a fewte hail repts in th south bay, in san jose, morgan hill, and alsoso gilr, we are tracking our next storm system, just offshore. we'll have details on our flooding concerns coming up in just a few minutes. >> thank you, jeff. also ahead, some of the greatest minds in the bay area converge. what they think about the future of nuclear power. and keeping your kids safe on the go. new guidelines that may have you rethinking your car seat,ndd, ay child, and maybe putting that 8-year-old back in a boost pe perper. p
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okay. if you have a baby on board or even a toddler or a 10-year-old, doctors say it's time to change the rules about car seats. the american academy of pediatrics says young children should stay in rear-facing car seats longer, until they're at least 2. >> and we've seen many cases where children suffer serious injuries to their neck or their head when they've been turned forward facing, and those injuries probably could have been prevented had that child been in a rear-facing direction. >> now, state laws won't reflect the recommendations automatically, bautomatic l automatically. older kids should stay in booster seats until their 4'9" or 12 years old. a new study is questioning the effectiveness of newborn hearing tests. some infants who initially passed their hearing test actually do suffer from some hearing loss. researchers found that 25% of little patients with hearing
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loss had passed the screening test, which delayed the time it took to identify that they actually had a hearing problem. hearing issues can cause learning disabilities or learning problems in some kids when they're not diagnosed early enough. all right. let's bring in laurence scott here with some sports. and everyone talks about brian wilson, the beard, and the world series, but there are some serious issues with him now. >> but encouraging news on this injury, his oblique muscle strain from giants camp. he made a vow today, as a matter of fact. he said he doesn't want to miss opening day, but that oblique muscle re-evaluated by doctors. plus, the other scary injury, this one at the tank this weekend has sharks rookie logan cocher carried off the ice. when's he coming back. that's the question now. and could the raiders be headed to hbo? that might just change cable television forever. sports is coming up. all right. good evening, i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. here's your look outside. tonight, transamerica building there in the foreground. and yes, breaks of sunshine.
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details, though, on two more systems coming our way and a live report from the sierra, coming up.
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well, the disaster in japan has led to a lot of debate about the future of nuclear energy. that debate brought together some experts today at stanford. >> nbc bay area's joe rosato jr. gives us their take on the crisis in japan. >> reporter: workers in japan's ailing nuclear plant spent another day trying to find a way to cool its warming reactors. thousands of miles away in the u.s., the crisis has heated the
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conversation about the future of nuclear technology. >> cooling the core of the reactor -- >> reporter: in stanford today, a small conference room filled with some of the university's greatest thinkers, all probing the fallout of this nuclear calamity. the group of engineers, professors, and medical experts pondered the disaster's damage to japan and the world's psyche. >> we often hear that nuclear is required for energy security. >> reporter: while it's still to early to gauge the long-term impact, nuclear development, it's easy to see what will happen soon. >> in the short-term, we'll definitely see reactor safety, a lot of scrutiny paid to that particular reactor design. >> reporter: professor kate marvel says the push toward clean technology in the u.s. has led to talk of a nuclear revolution. >> what i hope is that the nature of that oversight becomes clearer and people in the general public start to ask more pointed questions. >> reporter: nuclear engineer
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alan hanson agrees there'll be nor review in soul searching for nuclear development, but he believes the disaster in japan actually shows some positives about the safety of nuclear plants. >> when you see a plant go through this type of an event and you see the lack of catastrophic effects to the public surrounding the plant, that gives us some level of encouragement. >> reporter: radiology professor dr. herbert abram says the effects of radiation on the japanese public may not be known for years. >> right now, it's clear that milk and spinach for a long time to come will not be able to be consumed by japanese consumers. >> reporter: in the end, this group of learned minds agreed that japan's crisis will spark global questions and deep thinking, as deep as the crisis still playing out. joe rosato jr., nbc bay area news. let's turn our attention to our chief meteorologist, jeff ranieri. jeff, we have an extension of the ski season.
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we saw another tornado in northern california today. what else do you have in store? >> more heavy sierra snow coming our way. and yes, we did get the batteries changed out in my controller, so we'll be good to go. let's take a look right now here across the sierra. we have some moderate to heavy snowfall, right across lake tahoe. and actually joining us live right now on the phone is john wagman with heavenly ski resort. john, first of all, thanks for joining us. we know it's been a banner ski season with all-time record-setting snow in november and december and now feet of snow. how are you guys dealing with the avalanche threats up across the sierra and the overall danger? >> well, you know, jeff, ski resorts are actually used to this type of thing. we're prepared for it and we know how to deal with it. we have snow safety procedures that we go through under heavy snow events to keep all inbound terrains safe from avalanche. it's really the area outside the ski resort in the backcountry or out of bounds that we don't
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actually control. and that's where people skiing or riding out of bounds or in the backcountry really need to be prepared and properly trained and properly equipped and stay on top of the snow conditions. >> so certainly, by all means, everyone needs to pay attention to those signs you guys have posted, if you're headed up there skiing. and then, one more thing here, is this the best skiing in years, decades, or in a century? >> well, yeah, this is -- i got to tell you, this is the best skiing we've seen in decades. it's the third snowiest winter in heaven ice 16-year history. and we have over 30 feet of snowfall. it's definitely the kind of winter you don't want to miss if you're a skier or snowboarder. you want to get in on this winter. >> thanks so much, john wagman with heavenly ski resort. we really appreciate the latest on how you guys are preparing and dealing with everything up there. we certainly also know that you can get some hopper flights to take you right up to the sierra so you wouldn't have to deal
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with these treacherous conditions. and as you heard there from john, if you do plan to go skiing, by all means, it is the time to be watching for those signs they have posted for any dangers in and throughout the backcountry areas, away from the main trails. also today, some big news north of sacramento. a tornado that happened just after 3:00. look at that right there. this right mover of a thunderstorm cell, wail producing a tornado that could have been an ef-1, maybe ef-2. luckily right now, we're not hearing of any injuries. we're still waiting on possibly some damage reports. now in the bay area, we're dry from the north to the south bay. we know you had hail in san jose, morgan hill, and gilroy. we're going to be in a little bit of a break here tonight, with temperatures in the low to mid-50s before our next storm system arrives. it looks at this point here to come in as we head throughout tuesday night and then yet again another storm system toward the end of the week which could prompt us some flooding concerns. right now across the satellite radar, you can see the showers
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and thunderstorms uponing across the entire state. there's that next storm, already edging very, very close to the bay area. it's going to be another strong area of central low pressure. 996 millibars with this. so really aggressive. as it moves in, we're talking about winds that could gust once again, 20 to 40 miles per hour. and that will keep us wet here as we head into your wednesday morning commute. a look at the futurecast will show that 6:00 a.m. tomorrow, we're mainly, dry, that's the case all the way up into the afternoon hours, when that rain will start to get reintroduced here into the bay area and then we look at more rainfall continuing here into the afternoon hours on wednesday. flooding concerns, yes, they're going to be with us. it looks like friday will be the day, we're going to be watching that. with this next round of rain, we could see upwards of 1 inch from the north to the south bay. we already heard earlier from marianne favro out at los gatos reservoir that that is at capacity. we're seeing that kind of scenario across a lot of our
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water storage renalgions, also across the lakes, rivers, and streams so this will be something to monitor very, very closely as we head through these next two storms, as we head into friday. through saturday, sunday, monday, we are going to have rain, it doesn't look like any big storm systems. it's tuesday night into wednesday, and then also thursday into parts of friday, where we have this active weather pattern staying with us. >> so we'll keep you updated. just watch it if you certainly are near any streams. let's bring in laurence scott now with sports. >> good evening, a very short day for tim lincecum and the giants. the weather we've been having here in the bay area made its way to scottsdale, but the giants and rockies tried to give it a go. they got through 2 1/2 innings before the game was rained out. lincecum had four strikeouts in steady rain there. he gave up five runs. his final start of spring will come saturday. this just a messy and unusual day. the as and dodgers' game, also
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rained out before they even started. more news from scottsdale, closer brian wilson was re-evaluated by doctors today. the oblique muscle strain that kept him out of action this weekend is something that wilson says will not keep him from opening day. manager bruce boechy said today that wilson could start throwing the ball again, perhaps wednesday. and spring training coverage continues on comcast sportsnet bay area. the team is in arizona with complete coverage of the as. it's sportsnet central nightly at 10:30. next saturday in prime-time, we bring you our one-hour giants' spring training special as they start wrapping up in scottsdale. one of the major themes, and we talked to pretty much everyone about it, is taking that world series ring and going for another. take a listen. >> it was a long season and you don't forget what happened. you never, never let go of those memories, because they are special memories, but you have to remind yourself that this is a new year, it's a new season, it's a new race. and we need to get ready for 2011, try to repeat as cha
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champions. >> your competition is always work and you got to realize that no matter what you look like on paper or what the future holds, there's still a lot of work to be done. >> the special poised for a repeat is saturday starting at 7:00 p.m. now to some hockey, we're hearing the injury, shocks rookie logan couture suffered saturday night perhaps looked worse than it actually was. couture sat out of practice today, recuperating after going leg-first into the wall with his right skate leading. he was down on the ice for a while and carried off, yet today he wasn't on the ice, but he wasn't ruling out playing wednesday when the sharks welcome the flames to the tank. the team saying his status is uncertain, but, again, logan couture could return to practice as early as tomorrow. also this past weekend, it look lix joe pavelski had his first career hat trick. that was long after all the hats hit the ice. and i do wonder if there's a lost and found for the hats when the hat trick isn't actually a
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hat trick and people want to get the things back. regardless, even without the hat trick, pavelski named the nhl's first star of the week, leading the league in scoring last week with three goals and eight assists. almost had four. the giants are headed to showtime and possibly the raiders could find themselves on hbo. the series "hard knocks" has its finalists and there's a slight chance they could be headed to napa for the raiders' training camp. do note, the word on the street is that the tampa bay buccaneers are the front-runner to be the team featured this coming summer. yet again,t that too. and you typically hear this kind of excitement with announcers calling soccer matches, but in spain they do it with basketball too. take a listen. [ speaking foreign language ]
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>> goes to show, even during march madness halfway across the world, you just can not use up all your emotions up front. you must save some in case there are two game-saving three-pointers in four seconds. he sounded so pained at first. >> that's how we roll. we get overexcited about everything. unusual.'s >> two thr tunusual. >> two three-pointers in four seconds.
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tonight at 11:00, we're keeping an eye on that breaking news that we've been telling you along the santa cruz coast. a neighborhood in scott's valley buried and now trapped by a rock slide late this afternoon. wild weather taking a toll on the entire bay area. and there's more of it on its way, as you heard jeff say. tonight at 11:00, a timeline of where it will begin, who will get hit the hardest. that's after a new "hair's law." and there's a new gold rush here in the bay area. a rush to become the next member of the 49ers' cheerleading squad. for the first time in their history, they're opening up auditions to the general public. you can purchase a ticket to watch the gold rush auditions at the 49ers' website.
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the auditions are next thursday at the santa clara convention center. >> are they looking for middle-aged cheerleaders? >> are you referring to any of us? >> i was referring to me but -- >> you've got a leg kick. >> one quick check on t weather. you've been working overtime these last couple of weeks. >> next storm set to arrive as we head into 4:00 and 5:00 tomorrow. also some gusty winds. storm number one for tuesday night, and then the second storm arriving as we head into thursday with more thunderstorms many and the possibility here of isolated flooding with 1 to 2 inches of rainfall coming our way this week. >> that's going to do it for us. see you tonight at 11:00. bye-bye. >> see you then.
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most states spend 7% of their budgets on prisons. in california, it's almost 11%. and our new attorney general wants an overhaul. i'm suzanne shaw. surely we need prisons to protect us from violent criminals. but nonviolent inmates make up almost half the population. attorney general kamala harris says for low-level offenders, there are far more effective ways than prison to prevent crime. in san francisco, she pioneered reentry programs that give nonviolent offenders the skills to get jobs. with goodwill and nordstrom as partners, the "back on track" program costs just $5,000 per
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offender. compare that to over $47,000 for each inmate. nbc bay area believes successful reentry programs for nonviolent offenders should be rolled out statewide. early intervention may be the best crime prevention. share your thoughts, nbc editorials.com.

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